It was back in the first week in May 2004. My husband suggested we went for a bike ride down to the beach. It was a beautiful day. Why not I thought. Went on my sons bike which is a bit like a BMX but bigger. After a couple of days my bottom was hurting but I put it down to the fact that I hadn't been on a bike for a good many years and so it was expected. After a month I could not sit down properly. I found myself finding jobs to do all the time so that I didn't sit. I thought I was going mad. I couldn't think what it could be.
So I went off to see the Doctor. "inflamed coccyx" she said. "Have some anti-inflammatory tablets, that should help." Well after 2 weeks of those and no difference I went back. "Physio! That should do it" she said. Well, after a couple of sessions at that it still wasn't any better. In fact it was worse.
My daughter went on the internet and up came www.coccyx.org. As I was reading people's stories it was amazing that other people were suffering the same as I was. We found Mike Durtnall from the Sayers Clinic (see Doctors and specialists in the UK, London). I made an appointment immediately. The first thing he did was x-ray my back and straight away saw that my coccyx was bent backwards. Nobody else had bothered to take an x-ray so how do they think they can tell what's wrong.
I have been now 5 times and can honestly say I feel a lot better. He did manual therapy and acupuncture. I am still having trouble with the buttock muscles but I'm sure they will soon be ok. To be able to sit normally again is a great relief.
If I could give anyone one piece of advice it would be "don't delay", the sooner you get it sorted the better. Time is of the essence.